THE WOODLANDS, Texas, May 20, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Layne Christensen Company (Nasdaq:LAYN) ("Layne" or the "Company") today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to sell its Geoconstruction business segment to a subsidiary of Keller Foundations, LLC, a member of Keller Group plc ("Keller").  

The transaction, which is expected to close in the next 45 days, is subject to certain customary terms and closing conditions, including approval by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to transfer the East Branch Dam contract to Keller. The purchase price for the Geoconstruction business segment will be approximately $34.5 million, plus the value of the business segment's working capital at closing, currently estimated to be $5 million. Approximately $2.5 million of the purchase price will be held in escrow at closing. In addition, Layne will share in the profit or loss for one of the contracts being assumed by Keller, which could increase the purchase price by up to $5 million, or decrease it by up to $1.5 million. Layne expects to use the net proceeds from the sale for general corporate purposes and to pursue selective growth opportunities in its core businesses. 

Commenting on the transaction, Layne's President and CEO Michael J. Caliel, said, "The sale of Geoconstruction is consistent with our developing strategy to reshape our operating portfolio and concentrate on Layne's core competencies. Geoconstruction has earned a reputation as a premier provider of specialized geotechnical foundation construction services. We are confident that this business will continue to prosper as part of Keller." 

Stinson Leonard Street LLP acted as exclusive legal advisor, and Jefferies LLC acted as exclusive financial advisor to Layne on this transaction.

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Layne is a global water management, construction and drilling company, providing responsible solutions to the world of essential natural resources — water, mineral and energy. We offer innovative, sustainable products and services with an enduring commitment to safety, excellence, and integrity.

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CONTACT: Layne Christensen Company         Michael J. Caliel         President & CEO         281-475-2690                  Andy Atchison         Chief Financial Officer         281-475-2670                  The Equity Group Inc.         Devin Sullivan         Senior Vice President         212-836-9608                  Kalle Ahl         Senior Associate         212-836-9614

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